If you're expecting the Four Seasons experience, this hotel is not for you. But if you're traveling on a budget but still want a nice, clean hotel in a good location, this meets the mark.
The hotel is walking distance (10 minutes) to the Leidsplein area, with lots of shops and restaurants. While touristy and busy, Leidsplein wasn't as crazy as Dam Square and the Red Light District. It's also walking distance to the museums. The hotel was just enough off the beaten path to provide a quiet night's sleep while still feeling like you were experiencing Amsterdam. The nearby tram can get you all over the city.
The room certainly felt small by American standards (see photo), but I've never been to Amsterdam, so I can't compare it to other hotels. It was clean and looked like it had recently been updated. At 92 euros a night in late July and early August, it felt like a bargain.
The hotel only occupies the ground floor and sixth floor of the building, and unless you're in a suite, you'll be on the ground floor. Our room faced a quiet street with trees and a canal, so this wasn't a problem.
Two things to be aware of: 1.) the wifi in the room was very spotty and the signal was so weak it was virtually unusable. 2.) they are very strict about their 11:00 checkout policy. I overheard another guest being charged 45 euros (half the price of what we paid for the room!) for overstaying by an hour (he claimed he didn't realize checkout was at 11:00). This seemed steep, but granted I didn't know the whole story.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Looking for a modern and stylish 4-star hotel with the best of Amsterdam within reach? The Grand Hotel Downtown meets all your expectations and welcomes you. The hotel is situated in the trendy Oud-West area, only a 10 minute walk from the Leidseplein (Leidse Square). Centrally located between the lively hart of the city, the lovely Vondelpark and the cultural richness of the Museumplein, the Grand Hotel Downtown is an excellent base for your stay in the metropole city of Amsterdam. ... more less
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